FAQs

How Long Will My Claim Take?

It usually takes anywhere from four to seven months to get an initial or reconsideration determination. Waiting for a hearing date can take, on average, between 11 and 18 months. These are estimates, based on our 20 years of experience throughout the United States.

Do I Qualify for Social Security Benefits?

To qualify for SSDI benefits, you must have paid long enough into Social Security, and you must have contributed a large enough dollar amount. For either SSDI or SSI, you must be expected to be unable to work due to a disabling condition that is expected to last a year or result in death. For SSI, you do not need a work history, but financial eligibility and other factors are evaluated.

When Should I Apply?

The application process for SSD benefits can take a long time, so it is advisable to begin the process as soon as you become disabled and unable to work. Talk to an attorney if you have questions about applying.

Why Should I Choose Pamela Levine and Levine Law, LLC?

You deserve to get personal representation from a compassionate lawyer with decades of experience and success.

Does My Disability Qualify Me For Benefits?

According to the Social Security's rules, your disability must be severe enough to make you unable to work. Common disabling conditions include: mental illness, spinal disorders, heart disease, cancer, kidney or liver disease, and neurological impairment among others.

What If My Claim Is Denied?

The majority of initial SSD claims are denied. If your initial SSD claim has been denied, you should appeal. Depending on what state you live in, the appeal will lead to a formal hearing before an administrative law judge directly or after going through the Reconsideration stage.

How Much Will It Cost To Hire a Lawyer?

At Levine Law, LLC, we handle SSDI and SSI cases on a contingency fee basis. That means that we get paid only if we win your case. The Social Security Administration must approve any fee payable to your attorney.